Student Literary Competition

Student Literary Competition

Dates and Deadlines

Fall 2012: Each institution will promote the national contest, determine the due date for the local entries and arrange local judging.

January – April 2013: Each institution will collect and judge the local entries.

April 30, 2013: Campus coordinators forward local winning entries to national coordinator, Ken Weisner, English Department, De Anza College, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014 E-mail:

June 14, 2013: All winners of the national competition will be announced. All of the winning entries will be published in the League for Innovation student literary journal.

General Eligibility

Contestants must be fall 2012 or spring 2013 students enrolled for credit in a League for Innovation institution. Local coordinator must verify academic enrollment. Entries must be original works written during students’ enrollment in credit courses at the college. Each entry must have a signature of a sponsoring faculty member.



In each category, the judge is a nationally recognized writer. Judges’ decisions are final.
Poetry • Fiction • Essay • One-Act Play


Prize money distributed in each category:
1st Place: $500 • 2nd Place: $200 • 3rd Place: $100

Coordinators submit winning local entries in TWO forms:

  1. PRINTED: Typed hard copy, double-spaced on 8.5 x 11 inch white paper with your name/contact information.
  2. DIGITAL: An electronic copy submitted by e-mail to

A cover page for each entry must include:

  • Author’s name
  • Home address and phone number
  • Institution
  • Title of entry
  • Author’s ID# (school acronym and genre, e.g. DAC-Fiction)

Include in the upper right corner of each entry page:

  • Title of entry
  • Author’s ID# (school acronym and genre, e.g. DAC-Fiction)
  • Page number

Maximum Length Requirements:

  • Poem must not exceed 67 lines.
  • Personal essay must not exceed 2,500 words.
  • One-act play must not exceed 3,500 words, including stage directions/production notes.
  • Fiction must not exceed 3,500 words.

Student Literary Competition
Contact: Ken Weisner

Last Updated: 10/23/12